Secret of the Pueblo (1923)

Genres - Western  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Lower-echelon silent Western star Neal Hart both directed and starred in this unusual oater dealing with cliff-dwelling Pueblo Indians. The Indians have taken lovely Ruth Bryson (Hazel Deane) prisoner, but handsome Bob Benson (Hart), who has managed to locate the secret entrance to the memorial altar room, rescues the girl in the nick of time. As opposed to the previous decade, Westerns of the '20s routinely dealt with Native Americans as merely colorful villains. This film appears to have been more egregious than most, treating the Pueblo tribe, well-known for their handicraft, as ravenous savages.